Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Gordon Quan papers, 1982-2012 MS 618

creator Gordon Quan
Title: Gordon Quan papers
Dates: 1982-2012
Abstract This collection consists of business papers, articles, photographs, and awards created by or about Gordon Quan, immigration lawyer and former Houston City Council member. Also included are articles and items about the Houston community in general and the Houston Asian American community specifically.
Identification: MS 618
Quantity: 4.0 linear ft. (3 boxes plus digital content)
Language of Materials note Materials are in Chinese (newspaper clippings), Spanish (newspaper clippings), Urdo (newspaper clippings) and English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Gordon Quan was born in China, though he became an American citizen at birth due to his father being a U.S. servicemember. The Quan family moved to Houston following the Chinese Revolution in 1951. Quan received a degree in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He then returned to Houston, where he taught at E.O. Smith Junior High School, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

Quan founded his immigration firm, Quan, Burdette & Perez PC, in early 1980. In 1999, Quan became the first Asian American to be elected into the Houston City Council in an at large position. In 2001, he was selected by Mayor Lee. P. Brown and the City Council to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. Quan has also served as president of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials organization and held many other positions in various charities and committees throughout Houston. After ending his term on the City Council, Quan returned to practicing law at his firm, which merged with Tindall & Foster PC in 2007 to become Foster Quan LLP.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains papers generated by Quan’s political career, as well as papers and newspaper clippings relating to his work with local charities and committees. Also included are various memorabilia, items relating to the local Houston Asian American communities and a variety of awards received by Quan.


Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Chinese Americans--Texas--Houston
Political culture
U.S. states--Politics and government
clippings (information artifacts)
letters (correspondence)
programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Gordon Quan papers, 1982-2012, MS 618 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This material was donated to Rice University by Gordon Quan, via Dr. Anne Chao and the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Personal Papers 1999-2005

Box Folder
1 1 Campaign Materials 2003-2004, n.d.
2 Certificates 2003-2004
3 City Council Papers 2002, n.d.
4 Correspondence 2001
5 Criminal Alien Removal Act 2003
6 Land Assembly and Redevelopment Authority 2003-2004
7 National League of Cities Panel Meeting 2004
8 Newsletters 2000-2004
9 Photographs 1999-2005, n.d.
10 Programs 2000-2004
11 Tranparencies 2002

Series II: Newspaper Articles 1999-2012

Box Folder
1 12 Asian American Community Clippings 2000-2004, n.d.
13 General Community Clippings 2000-2005, n.d.
14 Incomplete Clippings 1999, n.d.
15 Non-English Clippings 2000-2003, nd.
16 Political Clippings 1999-2006, n.d.
17 Gordon Quan Clippings 1999-2012, n.d.

Series III: Awards and ephemera 1982-2008

Box Folder
1 18 Chinese Americans Past and Present Workbook 1982
19 Committee of 100 Survey 2001
1 Asian American Legacy Awards (CD-ROM) 2008
2 Channel 17 Houston Media Source live show pictures (CD-ROM) 2005
The Connection: Affordable Housing (#405) VHS 2005
Gordon Quan for County Judge shirt n.d.
Thai Alliance in America Spirit of Leadership award 2005
US Census Bureau - ACS: Real People, Real Issues (#V01-249) VHS 2001
Youth Cultural Exchange Project t-shirt n.d.
Youth Cultural Exchange Project t-shirt n.d.
Youth Leadership Council Community Leader Award 2002
2 Alpha Phi Omega 5th Biennal Convention Guest Speaker Plaque 2000
APAMO Appreciation Award 2004
Asian Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award 2006
CANO/CARECEN plaque 2001
Chinese American Citizens Alliance 50th Anniversary Gala award 2004
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Legacy Award 2004
Filipino American Council of South Texas Friends of Filipinos Award 2004
Houston Asian Junior Chamber of Commerce Award 2001
Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leader award 2005
Mayor's Youth Council award 2001
MHMRA Culture Bridges Award 2003
Orchestra award 2003
Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Plaque 2002
YMCA Grand Club Plaque n.d.

Series IV: Oversize Materials 2002-2005

3 Asian Heritage Day display board n.d.
Proclamation 2002
Resolution 2005
Transparencies 2002
Youth Cultural Exchange Project 2003